Josh Ross of Westport, Indiana was the only contestant with 11 correct props and won the fifth week of the TIF Summer Prop Contest. He chose to direct $1,250 to Backside Learning Center at Churchill Downs and sits in a six-way tie for fifth place in the contest’s overall standings.

Rob Reid of Boise, Idaho was closest to the tiebreaker amongst eight players each with 10 correct props and chose to direct $500 to the Edwin J Gregson Foundation. The next closest in the tiebreaker were unable to be separated as they each guessed the same trifecta return, and each get to direct $125 – Chris Garafola of San Antonio, Texas and Donald Wells of Paris, Kentucky – both choosing the Belmont Child Care Association.

Overall, the average number of correct props selected was 7.25.

There was no movement at the very top of the contest standings, as both Matt Miller and Doug Slayton selected nine correct props this week, eliminating their previous low scores, both with five correct in week four. The four highest props each week count towards the overall total.

Patrick Ray moved into sole possession of third place with Anthony Stabile of the Horse Racing Radio Network and a regular contributor to NYRA’s “Talking Horses,” in a sole fourth place. Stabile will set the props for the sixth week of the contest. Six players are tied behind them with 31 props correct.

The top 25 scores are noted below, and beyond that, the correct answers and selection breakdown from this week’s action.

1st – Matt Miller – Northbrook, IL – 34
1st – Doug Slayton – Champaign, IL – 34

3rd – Patrick Ray – Vancouver, BC – 33

4th – Anthony Stabile – Howard Beach, NY – 32

5th – Alex Kibrick – Boston, MA – 31
5th – Connor LeClair – Cohoes, NY – 31
5th – Tommy Massis – Toronto, ON - 31
5th – Josh Ross – Westport, IN – 31
5th – Phil Spade – Dallas, TX – 31
5th – Paul Weizer – Leominster, MA – 31

11th – Sean Beirne – Louisville, KY - 30
11th – Craig Brogden – Lexington, KY – 30
11th – John Gaspar – Wakefield, MA – 30
11th – Patrick O’Connor – Wichita, KS – 30

15th – Bradley Anderson – Sarasota, FL – 29
15th – Chris Garafola – San Antonio, TX – 29
15th – Dave Nichols – Wayne, PA – 29
15th – Jeff O’Reilly – Springfield, PA – 29
15th – Jacob Shepherd – Tuscon, AZ – 29

20th – Charles Bedard – Central Islip, NY – 28
20th – Len Dodson – Carlsbad, CA – 28
20th – Ken Kasowicz – Chicago, IL – 28
20th – Robert Lee – Albany, NY – 28
20th – Kevin McIntyre – East Meadow, NY – 28
20th – Aaron Reed – Indianapolis, IN – 28
20th – Brent Pollak – Gansevoort, NY – 28
20th – Nick Tammaro – Houston, TX – 28
20th – Henry Wessel – Roselle, IL – 28

1. HEAD TO HEAD: Which horse will have the higher finishing position in the Travers?

#2 COUNTRY GRAMMER (41%)
#4 MAX PLAYER (59%)

2. HEAD TO HEAD: Which horse will have the higher final win odds, according to the final Equibase chart?

#7 CARACARO (30%)
#8 SOUTH BEND (70%)

3. What will be the margin of victory for the Travers, according to the final Equibase chart?

1 ¼ lengths or shorter (26%)
Between 1 ½ lengths to 2 ¾ lengths (45%)
3 lengths or longer (29%)

4. How many letters are in the last name of the Troy’s (Race 8) winning trainer?

Between 1 and 6 (American Sailor, Chewing Gum, Imprimis, Lonhtwist) (69%)
7 or more (Pulsate, Pure Sensation, Shekky Shebaz) (31%)

5. Which race will have the faster final time, according to the final Equibase chart?

The Test (Race 10) (67%)
The Ballerina MINUS 0.5 seconds (Race 7) (33%)

6. Did the winner of the Ballerina (Race 7) participate in the 2019 Kentucky Oaks?

YES (SERENGETI EMPRESS, BELLAFINA) (46%)
NO (All others) (54%)

7. What will be the $2 daily double payout between the Test and Travers (Races 10-11)?

$10.30 or higher (46%)
$10.20 or lower (53%)

8. Will the winner of Race 6 have been sired by a horse who won a Grade 1 in California?

YES (#1 SECRET POTION, #3 AMERICAN MONARCH, #6 MYSTICAL MAN, #7 FREE SPIRIT, #9 ESPERANTO) (53%)
NO (#2 PIVOTAL MISSION, #4 HIDDEN ENEMY, #5 HILLIARD, #8 INCITATUS, #10 FIRE AT WILL) (47%)

9. Using 5 points for a win, 3 points for a second and 1 point for a third, who will have the most points among the following jockeys at Saratoga on Saturday?

Jose Ortiz (25%) 18
Irad Ortiz, Jr. (48%) 19
Joel Rosario (27%) 11

10. How many wins will trainer Bob Baffert record on Saturday between Saratoga and Del Mar?

Over 2.5 (45%)
Under 2.5 (55%)

11. What will be the shortest win return on a winning $2 bet on Saturday at Saratoga?

Over $3.75 (21%)
Under $3.75 (79%)

12. What number will be greater?

Total beaten lengths by the last place finisher in the Travers (55%)
Total points scored by Kawhi Leonard in Saturday’s Clippers-Trailblazers NBA game (45%)

*Both scored as wins given Leonard did not play